Homeschooling is legal in South Australia. You can apply to home educate your child during their compulsory school years (6-17 years).
Before applying for homeschool, children must be enrolled in a local school. Parents are then required to apply for an exemption from attendance at school for the purpose of home education. If your application is successful, your child will remain enrolled at their existing school, however they will not be required to attend for the approved exemption period.
How to apply for Home Education Registration in SA
- Enrol your child in a local school. If your child is already enrolled, do not try to cancel their enrolment.
- Fill in and submit the initial request form found on the Home Education page of the Department of Education Website. GOV.AU - Home education (www.sa.gov.au).
- You will receive an online home education application form via email from the Home Education Unit.
- Complete the online home education application form. To do this you will need to have:
- A clear outline of what you will teach in each subject area, aligned with the Australian Curriculum
- A range of resources
- Clearly identified learning goals for each child
- A range of teaching, learning and assessment methods
- An understanding of your child’s strengths, weaknesses and learning styles
- Your child’s involvement in the development of your program
- Consent from the other parent (this is confirmed via email after the form is completed)
You will have the option to save your form and return to it later.
- Submit your home education application form using the ‘submit’ button at the end of the form.
- The Home Education Unit will notify your school principal of your application.
- You will be allocated a Home Education Officer who will contact you to schedule a meeting.
How to Complete your Home Education Application Form
We can do it for you...
Simply Homeschool offers support to write your Educational Plan. This Registration Document can be purchased by members in our Resource Shop. You can join now if you would like to explore this option.
Alternatively, you can complete the application yourself...
Develop and provide a summary of the learning plan for your child for the next 12 months. The initial ideas for planning your child's home education program will come from your own observations of your child and the goals you have for them.
The Home Education Unit encourages you to choose your own approach or style and to tailor your teaching style to the individual needs of your child. Simply Homeschool Cores are a perfect fit for this approach. Time invested in developing a summary of the learning plan for each subject will help you to address the registration requirements and importantly, provide you with direction for the learning year ahead.
The Guide to Home Education in South Australia offers general information about planning a program.
If you are using other resources outside of Simply Homeschool, plan learning activities that will fulfil the curriculum requirements. The learning activities that you plan can include documentaries, online research, writing tasks, visits to museums, shows and other cultural activities.
IF YOU NEED TO REMOVE YOUR CHILD FROM SCHOOL URGENTLY you will need to contact your school principal to discuss your reasons for requiring immediate exemption.